Best Dog Parks in San Antonio


San Antonio is a very dog friendly city containing more dog parks than you can count on three paws. There are at least 15 dog parks throughout San Antonio, most of which are on the north side of the city. Which of these are the best dog parks in San Antonio? The answer may depend on the location of the park, its appearance, and what your pup is able to do.

Pearsall Dog Park has the most green grass in San Antonio.
Abbey tells a Husky a secret at Pearsall

All San Antonio Dog Parks

Abbey, and I have been to each of these dog parks at least once. Although they can’t all be the best dog parks in San Antonio, they have unique qualities, and provide a good opportunity to play and socialize. Your four legged family members can do some stuff there as well. Here is each dog park in San Antonio, in alphabetical order. Click on the link of each dog park for a more detailed review.

The Bark Park of Alamo Heights.
The Bark Park
Bark Park of Alamo Heights
  • Located on the east side of Olmos Basin Park, north of downtown San Antonio
  • Permanent water trough (although it was dry and locked)
  • More than 1 acre of open space
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
Falcone Dog Park
  • Inside Falcone Park on the northwest side of San Antonio
Hardberger Dog Park East
  • Inside Hardberger Park (east) on the north side of San Antonio
  • Nearly two acres of well shaded space
  • Obstacles
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
The dog park at Hardberger Park.
Hardberger Dog Park (west side)
Hardberger Dog Park West
  • Inside Hardberger Park (west) on the north side of San Antonio
  • 1.5 acres of space
  • Obstacles
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
Historic Pearl Dog Park
  • Inside the Historic Pearl, near the parking area under US-281, north of downtown (nearly impossible to find)
Lady Bird Johnson Dog Park
  • Located at the back of Lady Bird Johnson Park on the north side of San Antonio
  • About one acre of space
  • Eight different obstacles for dog agility
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
Push and shove at Madison Square Dog Park
Madison Square Dog Park
Madison Square Dog Park
  • Located downtown at Madison Square Park
  • About half an acre
  • Enter, or exit through three different gates
  • Nighttime lighting
McAllister Dog Park
  • Inside McAllister Park on the north side of San Antonio
  • 1.5 acres of space
  • Obstacles in the center circle of the park
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
  • Three dog friendly fountains in the large dog area
Panther Springs Dog Park
  • Inside Panther Springs Park on the far north end of San Antonio
  • About 1.5 acres of space
  • Obstacles
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
Pearsall Park is full of grass.
Pearsall Dog Park
Pearsall Dog Park
  • Located at Pearsall Park on the southwest side of San Antonio
  • 1.5 acres of space
  • Obstacles
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
  • The most grass in San Antonio
South Side Lions Dog Park
  • Located across the street from South Side Lions Park, next to the Senior Center, on the southeast side of San Antonio
  • Less than half an acre of shaded space
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
Tom Slick Dog Park
  • Inside Tom Slick Park on the west side of San Antonio
  • About one acre of space
  • Functional water station
  • Obstacles
  • Two separate areas for different sized dogs
The water tub at Tom Slick Dog Park.
Tom Slick Dog Park
Travis Dog Park
  • Located downtown at Travis Park
Woodlawn Lake Dog Park
  • Located west of downtown at Woodlawn Lake Park
Whiskey Bark Park
  • Located at Rebecca Creek Distillery on the far north side of San Antonio
  • Obstacles
  • Refillable water trough/tub
  • Your pup can play at the park while you play darts, bags, or horseshoes
Whiskey Bark Park rules at Rebecca Creek Distillery.
Whiskey Bark Park at Rebecca Creek

What are the Best Dog Parks in San Antonio?

In the simplest sense, a dog park needs to be a place where dogs can have fun. Some of the ways dogs have fun include chasing each other, fetching objects, using dog agility equipment, gaining the attention of everyone nearby, and sniffing butts. In order to accomplish most of those tasks, dogs need adequate space, and equipment. Although, much like children, dogs don’t concern themselves with cleanliness, but the dog parents care about a clean space. For us, a cleaner space, and clean pup is much more appealing. In no specific order, here are our picks for best dog parks in San Antonio.

McAllister Park Dog Park is one of the best dog parks in San Antonio.
Playing football at McAllister Dog Park
McAllister Park

The dog park inside McAllister Park is fairly large for a city park. Obstacles are positioned in the center of the park and are encircled by an asphalt walkway. There are three dog friendly fountains near the gate which attract crowds of thirsty pups. More than half of the park is well shaded, but there is no grass to be found. The ground cover is mostly mulch, and your pup will get dirty, especially if it has rained. There is a large open field nearby, as well as 15 miles of hiking trails within McAllister park.

Pearsall Park Dog Park is one of the best dog parks in San Antonio.
The entrance to a very green Pearsall Dog Park
Pearsall Park

This is the greenest dog park in San Antonio, although it is not as well shaded as McAllister Park. There are several obstacles near the back end, which are surprisingly surrounded by grass. This park is also large, but is split into two areas for different sized dogs. If you have a dog who likes to get dirty, this park will be your best chance at preserving some cleanliness. There are three dog friendly fountains scattered around the park. Nearby you will also find an epic splash pad, and access to part of the Leon Creek greenway.

Tom Slick Dog Park is one of the best dog parks in San Antonio.
The dogs huddle up at Tom Slick Dog Park
Tom Slick Park

If your dog is a water lover he will love this dog park. Although it is not quite as large as the previous two, there is plenty of space to run and play. The park is split into two areas, and the larger area contains a water tub. This is a great feature for hot pups in San Antonio. It’s also great for rinsing him off before leaving the dog park. The park also contains an area dedicated to dog agility, as well as drinking fountains.

There is a small amount of grass, but the layout of the park is confusing. It is designed in such a way that dogs run across sidewalks and landscaping to get to, and from the water tub. I suppose it looks nice, but dogs do not obey landscaping and pathways like we do. Nearby you can also find a pond where dogs like to play as well.

Whiskey Bark Park is one of the best dog parks in San Antonio.
The entrance to Rebecca Creek Distillery
Whiskey Bark Park

This choice is probably going to come as a surprise, but we had to throw one in there! The dog park at Rebecca Creek may not have the size advantage (as it is rather small), but it does have some unique qualities. There are a few obstacles, and a water trough. Abbey chose to stand in it, rather than drink from it, although she does not like to get wet.

At Rebecca Creek, you can play darts, bags, or horseshoes while your pup plays in the park. Furthermore, you can listen to live music, or grab a bite to eat from the food truck. These are some fun things you just cannot do at other dog parks. Also, the name of the dog park is pretty awesome.

Abbey made a new friend at Whiskey Bark Park

Which Dog Park Could Use the Most Improvement?

It’s clear from the photos that many dog parks could use more, or better ground cover. Some could use more shade, or obstacles. A few need more room to run and play. However, there is one dog park which stands above the rest, and that is the dog park at the Historic Pearl.

The dog park at the Pearl needs all of the above. Sadly, it has the appearance of an outdoor kennel. There is no space to run, play, or do much of anything really. The revitalization of the Pearl, the addition of the apartments, and its growing popularity led me to believe that the Pearl would have a spectacular dog park. It does not.

Pearl dog park
Abbey loves the Pearl, but its dog park is small and empty

We visit the Historic Pearl often, especially on the weekends during the farmers market. The Pearl is one of the best places to visit in San Antonio, and it’s very dog friendly. Unfortunately its dog park is not one of the best dog parks in San Antonio. In fact, you may not even know it exists. No sooner did we enter the park, and Abbey turned around to face the gate, indicating she was ready to leave.

Recently we returned to the Pearl (after I had written this article) and I wanted to get a photo of its dog park. It looks like they updated it by including a water feature and pea gravel. The dog park is looking much better, but it still seems difficult to run and play. In fact, it reminds me of the ball pits kids swim in because the dogs are nearly swimming in rocks. The dog park at the Pearl still feels like more of a restroom than an off leash playground.

What Other Dog Parks are Around San Antonio?

If you enjoy traveling outside of San Antonio, like we do, there are other dog parks nearby that you may like to visit as well. We’ve been to a few of these, and there are surely others out there.

Fredericksburg Dog Park
  • Inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
  • About six acres of open space covered with grass
  • Watch takeoffs and landings at the Gillespie County Airport next door
Abbey chasing the ball at Fredericksburg Dog Park
Tons of room to run at Fredericksburg Dog Park
Puppy Playland
  • Near Landa Park in New Braunfels
  • More than one acre of space
  • Obstacles
  • Water feature outside the park
Schertz Dog Park
  • Located near the Schertz Fire Department
  • About half an acre
  • Obstacles
Universal City Dog Park
  • Located near Universal City Animal Control
  • More than one acre
  • Obstacles

The list goes on, but these are all of the dog parks we have found thus far. Which ones do you think are the best dog parks in San Antonio?

DavidE

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